T minus 3 days
The countdown has begun. We are leaving on Friday morning to start our 47 day journey through Europe. We will start and end in Venice and visit several other cities in Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Turkey, many Greek islands, Malta, Spain, France, and Monaco. We will be going back to some places we have been to before and will be visiting some new places too. We are also excited to meet up with some friends that we have met on some of our other travels along the way. It will be a nice mix of old and new...both places and friends.The preparation for a trip like this can sometimes be the most difficult part. More specifically the packing. Last week we packed up four big bags and shipped them off to Venice so we don't have to deal with traveling with them on the plane. The memory of our trip last summer is still very vivid and I think I still have some nightmares about hauling all of the luggage we had on planes and trains and busses and down city streets, etc. I promised myself I would NEVER do that again and that I would rather do without some things so I could travel lighter and not have to deal with the hassle of pushing, pulling, lifting, dragging, and breaking my back getting my luggage from place to place. So we decided to ship most of our stuff to Venice (hopefully it will be there waiting for us) and we will ship it back home from Venice at the end of the trip. We are only bringing a carry on with us on the plane so we won't have to deal with checked bags either. Stay tuned for my analysis of how this plan worked out for us. I'm ready to go and am feeling like I really need a vacation. I know, you're all saying "oh poor Jeanne, she doesn't work and has such a low stress, easy life and now feels like she needs a vacation - boo hoo". Well, most of that is true but it has been a very busy, crazy year so far. The move into our new place has been anything but easy or low stress. We're starting to get settled and we love it but I am looking forward to taking a break from it for a while. So for now, Arrivederci!